Background Information

The Listing of Impairments (listings) describes medical conditions that are severe enough for SSA to consider a person to be disabled. You can find more information about the listings at

On March 28, 2013, we published the final rule for evaluating cases involving visual disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. As part of those revisions, we introduced listing 2.04, loss of visual efficiency, or visual impairment, in the better eye, and listing 102.02 loss of central visual acuity.

Since publication of the final rule, there may have been advancements we should consider in medicine, technology, testing, and treatment. We invite the medical community, adjudicators, and members of the public to comment on how we can further enhance our visual disorder listings in these areas. Therefore, we request your input by providing responses to the following questions:

Issues for Comment

  1. Are there important advancements in medicine, technology, testing, or treatment of visual acuity or visual field loss not currently considered that we should consider in our listings for visual disorders? If so, what are they?

  2. When a person has corrective surgery such as vitrectomy or refractive laser surgery, how should we evaluate the results of treatment? What is the timeframe post-surgery when visual acuity or visual field loss testing can be conducted?


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